December 16th Advent Devotional

Called to Live Out

Cristine Warring

Isaiah 42:1-9

More than any other time of year, it is Advent and Christmas time that we hear the phrase “the incarnate Christ.” What if … in 2018, with Christ incarnate within us as Christians, this passage in Isaiah was directed at us? What would that look like?

Can it be possible, that we are truly chosen? Not to be favorites and not to be above anyone else – but for the purpose of living out the covenant among the nations as a light, pointing the way to God? Can we wrap our human heads around a divine summoning, a holy grasping, a cosmic creating, and a consecrated appointing?

Our tasks as consecrated ones are not easy. Teaching the way, without crying or shouting. Establishing the way across all the earth. Opening senses that cannot or will not sense the way. Freeing prisoners from chains and cells and bindings.

Sounds a lot like Jesus reading the scroll of Isaiah in Luke 4.

What if … Christmas carries a deeper message than Christ coming to save us?

For this puts all the work on Jesus and leaves us as voyeurs, rather than participants in God’s reconciling and healing work in the world. What if Christ came to save us from our sinful ways and for saving humanity?

Imagine the world today with Christians everywhere gently teaching the ways of Jesus. Carefully untying the bonds that hold people prisoner – with no bruising and no dimming of the divine light within. Imagine … Christ incarnate, within and around us, living out the covenant for the world.

As we prepare for your birth once more, O Christ, may we choose you in return. May our eyes be opened to the spaces between us where you reside. May we together share God’s dream of fulfilled covenant with the world. Amen.

Cristine Warring is the pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – Girard in rural southeast Kansas.

©2018 by individual authors and Facebook Narrative Lectionary Group. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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